Tuesday
May062014

New Shelves on the Block

I wanted to give you a little sneak peak at a project my husband and I finished today at the new house! Remember @here when I shared our plans for floating shelves in the living room...

Well, we didn't quite end up with actual floating shelves, but I could not be more pleased with what we were able to build...thanks to a little help from our awesome new tools and the coolest finishing products...

Styling is obviously so necessary, but let's not forget, we're still pretty much in the middle of a construction zone people! We've got about 2 weeks left to go...keep you fingers crossed for us please!

Now on to the details. We started off with ten 8'x12"x1" boards and cut them down to size with our Ryobi circular saw...

Heavy duty tools sort of scare me a bit, but I've got nothing but great things to say about this Ryobi saw. It's super easy to get the hang of using and incredibly accurate. I see many projects coming to life in our very near future thanks to our new Ryobi! 

After we cut down all of the boards to size, we sanded the edges and lightly stained them with Rust-oleum's driftwood stain. I actually sort of wiped it off with a rag as I was working with it to make the outcome of the stain even fainter.

The wood grain is super pretty up close...

And about those brackets...they are actually only $2 from Ikea @here! I spray painted them a metallic gold then rubbed them with the same wood stain I used on the shelves and again wiped it off. The overall look is quite aged and works so well with the driftwood stained shelves. Perfectly imperfect...

Installation was a breeze with some careful measuring and of course our Ryobi Lithium Ion Drill

We've got so much planned for this room I can hardly stand it...here's a preview of what is to come...

Sunday
May042014

Trail & Climb

Now that the inside of our home is starting to come together, I've been putting in some planning time into our yard. We've got a small grassy spot for the pups, a covered portico for entertaining and everything else is pretty much a blank slate at this point. I've got lots of ideas, but one thing I know for sure is that there will be some trailing and climbing happening...

May has been stunning so far in Richmond. Can't wait to see what the rest of Spring and Summer bring. 

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Monday
Apr212014

Tile Time

We just got the word from our contractor that our bathroom and kitchen tile is all set to be installed tomorrow. OMG...FINALLY! This is what we've been working with for the past few weeks...

 

It's gross-looking and hard to imagine where we're headed...but put your thinking hat on and picture the following...

In the kitchen we've got the most beautiful slate tile from one of my best friends who owns a slate quarry {how convenient!}. We're laying a herringbone pattern with a light gray grout. And the backsplash will be a simple beveled white subway tile with dark grout. In the master bath we're laying a white penny tile floor with a black border and the tub will be surrounded with white subway tile and dark grout {Are you sensing a theme here?}. The half bath has the most beautiful 2 inch cararra hex tile. This is my dream tile- I can't wait to see this bath all pulled together! The guest bath will be super fresh and clean with white subway in the tub surround and mint green ceramic on the floor. 

I'll be posting some pics on Instagram...follow along with me @here! xx

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Tuesday
Apr152014

A Collected Eclectic Budget-Friendly Guest Room

One of the rooms I typically like to evolve naturally in a new home is the guest room. However, with guests scheduled to arrive in the next couple of weeks {before the house is even totally finished!} and a full house of friends arriving at the end of next month, I've been putting the pressure on myself to get the room in order.

Lindsey of Sadie & Stella did a little feature on our old guest room @here...

There were a lot of things I liked happening here, however only the dresser, chair and a few accessories ended up making the trip home to Virginia after the move. I think I've got the perfect spot elsewhere in the house for the dresser, so I've been pretty much working with a leather chair and a whole lot of crickets for the past few weeks! 

The headboard seemed like a nautral place to start. After much deliberation I made a bid last night on this guy...I had all these nervous feelings after my bid was accepted. What to do with a black leather headboard?? I always sort of feel like black leather trends more modern than my style, but after spying these two rooms I knew I could make it work...

Super modern headboards, but with mixed textures and vintage accents, these rooms are feeling more collected eclectic than anything else, no? And then I started looking at more pics, and realized what an opportunity I had to pull together the chicest color scheme with my new headboard and old MCM leather chair {Cognac + Black}...

So. Good. Right?? I've got a pair of black velvet curtains that we've used in 2 houses now that'll fit the window perfectly. Here's how I think it can all come together...

 

Throw in some crazy vintage brass accents and thrifted art and call it a day, yes? 

Can't wait to pull this room together and share some more progress shots of the house ASAP! xx

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Wednesday
Apr092014

I'm Ready For My Closeup

Sorry for the radio silience over in these parts. The truth is I've taken on a bit more than I can chew at the moment and I'm trying to stay afloat.

But don't think I'm complaining one bit! My tiny life is beyond my wildest dreams at this point. I'm renovating the house of my dreams {only 1 month to go!!}, my husband's entreprenurial venture {@here} has more than just taken off, it's exploaded, Rare & Worthy's sales are greater and more consistent than they've ever been, I've got retail development projects swirling around in my head, and my partnership with PoshBrands has provided me with the most amazing opportunities! 

Speaking of...this evening, I'm jetting down to Tampa to shoot a pilot episode for a new tv show! Mum's the word right now...but let's just say it's for a {major} cable channel and it'll focus on some of the more outrageous design work we do at PoshTots

Who would have thought I'd be adding actress to my resume??

I'll be back next week with lots of fun updates xx